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The Benefit of Benefit Corporations

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The annual B Corp Champions Retreat was held in Burlington earlier this month.

Publicly held companies have a financial responsibility to their shareholders: they have to make money. But benefit corporations can be responsible to the environment, their employees, and their communities. Businesses that have become benefit corporations say they are taking it into their own hands to make the world a better place.

We’ll talk to Tom Payne of King Arthur Flour and Ashley Orgain of Seventh Generation, two Vermont companies who have gone through the certification process to become benefit companies.

Also on the show, we’ll learn more about the draft GMO labeling rules just released by the Attorney General’s office. The AG's office will be holding a series of public meetings around the state this week to hear input on the draft rules:

Tuesday, October 21
12:00–2:00 PM
Contois Auditorium, City Hall
149 Church Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Wednesday, October 22
5:00–7:00 PM
Room 11, Vermont State House
115 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05633

Friday, October 24
3:30–5:30 PM
Room 2E, Marlboro College Graduate Campus
28 Vernon Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Broadcast live on Monday, October 20 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
Sage Van Wing was a Vermont Edition producer.